The Rotary Club of JFK International Airport is a member of the international service organization, Rotary International, with over 1.1 million members in 200 countries.
Since its charter in December, 1970, the Rotary Club of JFK International Airport has become one of JFK Airport’s leading local service organizations. It is comprised of local business, airline, and professional people who work within the JFK Airport community and share the same common principles, which have guided Rotarians throughout the world since Rotary’s founding in 1905. Rotary’s primary commitment to “Service Above Self” is practiced through the four avenues of service: vocational, international, community and to the club.
The Rotary Club of JFK International Airport, through the Gift of Life Program, which is a major program of Rotary International District 7250, sponsors terminally ill children from countries with limited medical and technological services, for life-saving heart operations. JFK Rotary members provide, meet, and assist these children at JFK Airport. In addition, the JFK Rotary Club assists other clubs of District 7250 who come to JFK for the same purpose by coordinating with the airlines and applicable agencies to ensure these Gift of Life Children are expeditiously moved through the airport.
The Rotary Club of JFK International Airport has sponsored over $40,000 in student scholarships for the children of employees from the JFK Airport Community. The annual 10K Race (the last one having been held on June 11, 2000) on the runways of JFK Airport was one of the club’s major fundraisers for this scholarship program. It has become an annual event for the JFK Rotary Club. In 2001 the race was changed to a 5K Race. Some of the highlights of the race are:
- 1. It is the first race in the US that is held on a runway of a major International Airport.
- 2. It receives direct support from the Port Authority of NY&NJ who coordinates all the logistics In preparing access to the runway on the day of the race.
- 3. It is well known by the “Road Runners” community.
- 4. In 2015 we had over 975 entries including members of the JFK Airport Community
For complete details about this annual event, go to www.JFKRunwayRun.org. There you will find more history, complete details and our photo archive of the participants over the years.
The Rotary Club of JFK International Airport sponsors an annual Christmas party for special needs children from the local public schools (including Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf) and is held at JFK Airport. Our recent party was hosted at the Jetblue Hangar 81 due to the generous donation of Jetblue. A few of the sponsors included Hudson News, OTG Management, Royal Waste Services, Airway, TD Bank, Berkley Cargo Services, and many other wonderful supporters.
For any further information or questions, contact us.
The following is a complete list of JFK Rotary Club”s past presidents:
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